My Free Patterns

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Monday, 20 September 2010

Now I get it!

Finally understood the single-shuttle split ring, or SSSR.  I tried a few times before but never could follow the instructions.  I was on chat in InTatters with Cannalure and Soyloquesoy and casually mentioned that I am having problems with the SSSR.  Being good tatters, as all tatters are, they guided me through as I attempted it and finally managed to get it done.

And to prove that I really did it, here are some of my attempts,

The creative mind then sets in and I decided to try adding beads.  First I made it using bugle beads, shown in the middle in the picture above.  Then I made another sample using seed beads.  I should have used another thread with the seed beads because it didn't show up very well with this thread.

I think I like the bugle beads better.  I can imagine pretty bracelets with some fancy beads made with this method, maybe two or three rows joined together side by side.

A note about the SSSR.  There was some discussion earlier about posting the shuttle through the loop before closing a ring.  I don't do that when closing my rings.  However, for this SSSR, I find that the ring looks better when I post the shuttle through before closing the ring.

Another happy note, the postman dropped me a few goodies this past 30 days.

My first order of Lizbeth thread was the first to arrive. I have never bought any Lizbeth before though I have tatted with it using thread that I received as gifts.   BJ, the Sanguine Stitcher gave me a discount coupon from Handy Hands and I ordered these.  These are part of my birthday present form BJ.
Lizbeth all in size 40
The other part is this.  BJ is an expert quilter and she made a quilted carrier bag that is just nice for me to carry my tatting.There is also a needlebook, a ball of Cebelia and a book titled 'Gardens'.
Birthday present from BJ
Diane promised to send me some EZ-bobs when she read that I could not find any of them here. And they are the next thing to arrive.  Boy, did she send me some!  24 pieces in all.  Certainly more than what I was expecting.  Thank you Diane.
EZ-bobs from Diane
Finally, I ordered Ruth Scharf books from Georgia and they arrived the same day as Diane's EZ-bobs.  I was trying to figure out how to read the patterns because they are all in German.  Luckily, I received an e-mail from Georgia with some English translations of the German tatting terms.
Ruth Scharf books
All in, it was a good 30 days.

9 comments:

  1. Wow! Everything looks great! Enjoy them! I used the SSSR a lot and I have a small snowflake done with beads and trefoils coming out of chains using a SSSR. It does create a lot of possibilities.

    I love Ruth Scharf books. Got them both a long time ago and they have been my companions each time I go to Egypt. I have made a couple of doilies and I'm making the small owl now.

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  2. Oh My Goodness...
    Jon with split rings...you're invincible. I can't wait to see the outcome!
    :-)
    j.

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  3. I always enjoy your blog entries, though I didn't regularly comment. I hope we can meet up during the next Stitching Bee, and learn something from you, ;-)

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  4. Those SSSRs are next on my list. Yours look wonderful! Congrats on conquering that technique :)

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  5. Glad you like them. The colours of the Lisbeth threads are lovely.

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  6. Congratulations on getting your SSSRs right finally. I learnt them seeing Anna B's you tube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQVpuZQ3h_c And I follow your blog regularly and love to tat what you design.

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  7. Just came across this post sorry for the late comments....I also bought some of the EZ bobs....not tried them as yet.....and I cannot do the SSSR yet either?
    Hugs
    Joy in OZ Australia

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  8. Hallo, I came by your blog!Love your pattern! Enjoy all your presents, lizbeth thread looks great. We don't have it here in Germany. I don't know Ruth Scharfs book, but as I am German you may contact me in intatters or private to help you with translation if you have queations. Happy tatting

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